It wasn't a surprise that the Mariners' Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young, but it was a least a bit surprising that it wasn't close. It was also a bit surprising that David Price, not CC Sabathia, came in second.
Hernandez, despite a modest win-loss record of 13-12, got 21 of 28 first-place votes. Price got four and Sabathia three. They were followed in points by Jon Lester and Jered Weaver (completing, ahem, the exact top five I chose).
The Baseball Writers' Association of America doesn't ordinarily publicize the votes of individual members, but made an exception in this case "because of the heightened interest in this award." Below are the first-place votes by pitcher. There were two voters from each AL city.
Hernandez: Ken Rosenthal, Fox; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe ; Michael Silverman, Boston Herald ; Erik Boland, Newsday ; Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times ; Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune ; Lynn Henning, Detroit News ; John Lowe, Detroit Free Press ; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star ; Joe Posnanski, SI.com; Joe Christensen, Minneapolis Star Tribune ; John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press ; Hirokazu Higuchi, Chunichi Shimbun (LA); Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports; Jorge Ortiz, USA Today ; Ray Ratto, At Large (SF/Oakland); Kirby Arnold, Everett Herald ; Larry Stone, Seattle Times ; Richard Durrett, At Large (Dallas-Fort Worth); Anthony Andro, Fort Worth Star-Telegram ; Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star .
Price: Mel Antonen, USA Today ; Tony Fabrizio, Tampa Tribune ; Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune ; Chris Assenheimer. Elyria (OH) Chronicle.
Sabathia: George King, New York Post ; Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun ; Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal .-- David Andriesen
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